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Driver In Fatal SUV-Bike Crash Admits Fault

The 17-year-old changed his plea to "guilty" in court Wednesday morning and was placed in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall to await sentencing from the April 7 accident on Treat Boulevard.

The driver of the SUV that has admitted fault in the crime.

The 17-year-old changed his plea to "guilty" in court in Martinez Wednesday morning and was taken to juvenile hall, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He is charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and will be sentenced on Oct. 22.

Patch has determined not to name the 17-year-old due to his age. He faces a term of up to seven years and eight months, but will be released in just three years when he turns 21 since he will have been convicted as a minor. California law stipulates that minors cannot be charged as adults in cases of vehicular manslaughter, which is not categorized as a violent felony.

The teen driver also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving, KTVU reports. Two other misdemeanor charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.

Judge Lois Haight and Senior Deputy District Attorney Dan Cabral deemed the teenager a "danger to society" and he was incarcerated immediately.

Peter Coleridge, the teenager's attorney, told the court Wednesday that his client is "not an evil person" and wants to take responsibility for the suffering he has caused, according to Bay City News. 

Members of the Nuri family declined to hear an apology from the teenager in court, and their attorney, Michael Cardoza, said that while his willingness to admit guilt and apologize is good, "it rings a bit hollow to us now," he said. "We didn't hear it on the day he was arrested, when it would have meant something to us."

72 mph

He was apparently driving at an excessive rate of speed when the crash occurred — 72 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to police. The driver had also made an unsafe lane change just before hitting the three members of Nuri family, who were riding their bicycles on Treat Boulevard around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April. 7.

Solaiman Nuri was pronounced dead at the scene, and Hadessa died a short time later at John Muir Medical Center. Hannah, 12, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Stoorai Nuri, the widow of Solaiman Nuri, along with her daughter Hannah and brother, attended the Concord City Council meeting Tuesday evening to thank the city for its support. The city plans to install a bench in Ygnacio Valley Park to commemorate the tragic loss of Solaiman and Hadessa Nuri.

Steve Curtis September 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
i wholeheartily agree. If the kid is not responsible for his actions then the parents are. Even with this sentence the kid and his parents should be responsible for the financial welfare of the Nuri family in perpetuity.
SevenMary7 September 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Tragic. Hardly seems like justice for two lives lost and others changed forever.
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) September 28, 2012 at 05:17 AM
I don't have children but I can't imagine how, as a parent, you pick up the pieces after such a tragedy and manage to find the strength to keep going. While the "kid" who killed two innocent people certainly deserves a much stiffer punishment, I'm focusing my thoughts on the two remaining family members and hoping they find solace and are able to move on from this horrific event.
Aj October 13, 2012 at 05:37 AM
He Killed my relatives. He killed my First cousins Husband and Duaghter. We are still devastated. He killed some significant people in many peoples family structure. It is a shame that the legal system raises the middle finger at you in our society...so lenient and so unpredictable.....:[
Jose October 13, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Aj: I am SO sorry for your loss! Sincerely sorry. I don't believe that you will find perfect justice anywhere on this earth. That is a hard fact! I hope you can find a peaceful path forward.

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